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The unexpected brilliance of Nigeria's eccentric celebrity

Behind the facade of an aged punk rocker and singer lies an articulate intellectual. Read some of Charly Boy's best excerpts.

Charly Boy

Charly Boy, 64, is known for his weird looks and his eccentricity. The self-titled Area Fada who was popular in the 80's and 90's for his brand of rebellious pop has consistently pushed his shocking image over the years.

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Strangely behind the eye liner, tattoos, piercings and demonic photos Charly Boy has become a solid opinion writer who regularly writes on topical issues peculiar to the Nigerian society.

This has come as a pleasant shock to many people who thought Charly Boy was a crazy man. Below are some of his best opinions on Nigerian based topics.

1) On people taking control of their lives

"My life's journey so far has brought me face to face with the realisation that my true self helps me deal with the painful boomeranging of some of my expectations when they fall flat...Make your own book of life a musical, never abandon obligations, but have fun leaving behind a colorful legacy. Never allow anybody to be the composer of your own destiny. Take control of your life, and never allow limitations (implanted by society) tell you how your music is supposed to sound — or how your book is supposed to be written."

2) On Nigerians depending on God for everything

"If we leave everything in God’s hand, what are we doing to change the blatant rape of the future of our youths or the obnoxious impoverishment of the masses?

For too long, we sat and watched the leadership immunize themselves with impunity, watched sycophants masturbate them with mediocrity whilst we, the people, clapped and sang for most of these riffraff for a cup of rice and beans waiting for our turn to join the chopping train. Kai!"

3) On Nigerians criticising Will Smith in his move 'Concussion'

"Hummmmm, wouldn’t you expect that Nigerians would be happy with Will Smith for portraying our brother in good light for his great work? Instead, Naijas are beefing Will Smith for failing to capture the Nigerian accent to the T. Haba!!!

Why can’t my people for once just focus on that which is positive and good?

If Dr. Bennett Omalu has been in America as long as over 10yrs, do we expect him to still possess the igbotic accent some of us are born with? Even on our own local radio station, I hear some presenters sounding more Americanised than Americans. Should we insist they speak with their strong Yoruba/Igbo/Hausa accent?"

4) On New Year resolutions

"A lot of people make New Year resolutions, some are able to achieve it and others fall back on the same old habits and stuff.

We all have our shortcomings, don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with having a list of goals written down somewhere or a mental note you’ve made in your mind. While it’s good and also important to have something to strive for within the next 12 months, goal-setting has its limitations and we must understand that in order not to put unnecessary pressure on ourselves especially when we fail to achieve those goals."

5) On Donald Trump's statement on Nigeria

"Naijas are currently vexing, boiling over in anger following Donald's recent miss-yarns against the black race: “Look at African countries like Kenya for instance; those people are stealing from their own government and go to invest the money in foreign countries"

Truth hurts.

Isn't this the norm with most of our yahoo yahoo rifrafs called leaders?"

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